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Monday, Oct 20, 2014


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Jade Raymond Leaving Ubisoft

Ubisoft Toronto announces Jade Raymond is departing this studio she's managed since its formation as she is leaving Ubisoft after a 10 year stint. They make this sound amicable and mutual with the oddly formed statement that "the company and Jade Raymond have agreed to pursue future opportunities separately." The managing director post will be handed over to Alexandre Parizeau, another founding member of Ubisoft Toronto. Here's a bit on Raymond's accomplishments and her parting statement:

During her tenure at Ubisoft, Raymond was producer on the first Assassin's Creed® (2004-2007) and served as executive producer on Assassin's Creed® II (2008-2009), Watch_Dogs® (2008-2009) and Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell® Blacklist (2010-2013). She also opened the Ubisoft Toronto studio and served as its managing director since 2009, a role she will turn over to Parizeau starting October 29.

“I've spent 10 extraordinary years at Ubisoft, and I am proud to have been part of many of the best teams in the industry making truly remarkable games,” said Raymond. “This is one of the hardest decisions of my career, but the Toronto studio is strong and on a solid path. I’m confident that now is a good time for me to transition leadership of the studio to Alex and to pursue my other ambitions and new opportunities. Stay tuned for more on what’s next for me, but for now, I'd like to thank Ubisoft for its partnership through the years, and I wish them the very best in all their next endeavors."

Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Requires 6GB of RAM

Steam now offers minimum system specifications for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare (thanks VG247), though it's not clear how much of this computational power is to realistically bump-map Kevin Spacey in the upcoming military shooter sequel. For the moment, at least, these indicate the game will require a minimum of 6 GB of RAM. Here's word on what it will take to run the game, which is shown off in a new cinematic launch trailer released yesterday:

MINIMUM:
OS: OS: Windows 7 64-Bit / Windows 8 64-Bit / Windows 8.1 64-Bit
Processor: Intel® CoreTM i3-530 @ 2.93 GHz / AMD PhenomTM II X4 810 @ 2.80 GHz or better
Memory: 6 GB RAM
Graphics: NVIDIA® GeForce® GTS 450 @ 1GB / ATI® Radeon™ HD 5870 @ 1GB or better
DirectX: Version 11
Network: Broadband Internet connection
Hard Drive: 55 GB available space
Sound Card: DirectX-compatible

FINAL FANTASY XIV Heavensward Expansion Announced

FINAL FANTASY Website announces Heavensward, the first expansion for FINAL FANTASY XIV coming to the MMORPG this spring (thanks CVG). They offer some wallpapers, and point the way to this teaser page which offers this brief teaser trailer. All they have to say about this for the moment is: "What new threats await the Warrior of Light? Check out our new promotional site to see what’s in store in an all-new teaser trailer!" Continue here to read the full story.

AitD Creator Crowdfunding 2Dark

There is a 2Dark campaign on Ulule as Frédérick Raynal, who originated both Alone in the Dark and Little Big Adventure, is crowdfunding a new action/adventure through this French site. This will be the first game from Gloomywood, a new developer crated by Raynal along with other veterans of the French game development scene, and they say they are shooting for a 2015 release on Windows, OS X, and Linux. Here's a video (French warning, though there are subtitles) kicking off the campaign, and here's word:

2Dark is a visually unique survival adventure experience, where players will need to solve puzzles and procure weapons, while finding children and survive the lethal dangers lurking in the shadows. Darkness surrounds all, and the player will need to make the best possible use of limited resources to successfully create light, evade the traps lying in wait, listen carefully and survive the horrors. Through ten different and replayable levels, the players will slowly get to know more about the disturbing backstory of the protagonist Mr. Smith and his quest to rescue the children. The game uses an innovative voxel graphic rendering style designed in-house at Gloomywood to create an old-school top down perspective.

Continue here to read the full story.

U.K. Sales Charts

GfK Chart-Track is back once again with their weekly U.K. game sales charts. The Evil Within debuts at number one on the PC top 30 chart, where Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel jumps into the third spot and F1 2014 races in at number six. On the all platforms chart The Evil Within starts at number two, the Borderlands 2 prequel launches at three, and the new F1 game rounds out the top 10. Here's their rundown on all the activity:

‘FIFA 15’ (-35%) makes it four straight weeks at No1 holding off the challenge of several new releases.

It also matches ‘FIFA 13’ in holding the top spot for four straight weeks from launch. One survival horror title replaces another at No2 this week as Bethesda Softworks’ third release of the year ‘The Evil Within’ debuts in second place. It’s comfortably ahead of another new release ‘Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel!’ which lands at No3. Take2’s latest addition to the series debuts on Xbox 360, PS3 and PC with no sign of Xbox One or PS4 versions. With two new releases taking 2nd and 3rd Warner’s ‘Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor’ (-51%) drops a place to No4.

‘Forza Horizon 2’ (-39%) is also pushed down a spot to No5 in its third week. Last week’s No2 ‘Alien: Isolation’ (-70%) slides four places to No6 but does enough to stay ahead of ‘Destiny’ (-22%) at No7. PS4 exclusive title ‘Driveclub’ (-45%) drops down to No8 in its second week. ‘Minecraft: Playstation Edition’ (+14%) climbs a place this week with a boost in sales seeing it claim No9. Codemasters latest Formula One title ‘F1 2014’ makes a Top 10 debut at No10.

I am Bread Trailer

This trailer offers a first look at I am Bread, a new game in the works at Bossa Studio, creators of Surgeon Simulator, in case the new game's title wasn't a tip-off that there is some oddity afoot here (thanks Eurogamer). The clip shows QWOP-style controls, making moving your piece of bread around far more difficult than it is in real life (we're trying to play along here). Here's word on the clip: "The beautiful story of one slice of bread's epic and emotional journey as it embarks upon a quest to become toasted." Continue here to read the full story.

Gatherings & Competitions

Morning Interviews

Morning Consolidation

Morning Mobilization

Morning Metaverse

Morning Tech Bits

Morning Safety Dance

Morning Legal Briefs

Game Reviews

Hardware Reviews

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Out of the Blue

We had our first local frost warning of the season overnight, so fall continues to roll in, and it's still pretty cold this morning. Thankfully this hasn't happened before now, as we are still waiting for the plumber to service our furnace, as after our scare with it going out last Thanksgiving, we were told having this older unit regularly maintained will help forestall the eventual replacement we fear. This means we haven't wanted to run the heat before now, so as I say, we're pretty lucky that we haven't had any unseasonable cold yet, which would not be unprecedented around here.

Precedented Links: Thanks Ant and Acleacius.
Play: The Rogue Puzzle Game.
Pico's Infantry.
Story: Casting conch: Scarlett Johansson set for Ghost in the Shell remake.
Media: Destiny Bro! Thanks nin.
Dancing "The Shepard Shuffle" Across NYCC 2014.
HAPPY WHEELS #2 (Teens React: Gaming).
Auction: This 'bit of plastic' from Star Wars is worth £50,000.

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Sunday, Oct 19, 2014

Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Trailer

A new launch trailer is now available for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, showing a bunch of cinematic shooting in the military shooter sequel, all at the behest of that smarmy E*Trade spokesperson. Here's the description of the game that accompanies the clip:

A new vision for the blockbuster franchise, Call of Duty®: Advanced Warfare takes players to a future devastated by a global attack. Rising from the chaos is Atlas, a Private Military Corporation led by the cunning Jonathan Irons. With the most powerful military force in the world, Atlas has effectively become a superpower for hire. Playing as Jack Mitchell, suit up in an advanced exoskeleton and join a highly-trained unit committed to restoring order.

The exoskeleton carries over into Multiplayer, where an all-new movement system changes the way players traverse the terrain. Chain together boost actions like jump, dodge, and dash in a fast and fluid style of play. Equip all-new abilities and armaments in the revamped Create-a-Class. Earn additional weapons and gear through in-game Supply Drops, outfitting your operator in the deepest customization experience in franchise history.

Continue here to read the full story.

Steam Top 10

These are the 10 bestselling titles on Steam last week according to Valve:

  1. Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel
  2. Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor
  3. Sid Meier's Civilization: Beyond Earth
  4. PAYDAY 2
  5. Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
  6. Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel - Season Pass
  7. Alien: Isolation
  8. The Evil Within
  9. Tomb Raider
  10. Crusader Kings II: Charlemagne

On Sale

  • SpeedRunners on Steam. Save 66%.

Sunday Patches

Sunday Interviews

Sunday Consolidation

Sunday Mobilization

Sunday Metaverse

Sunday Tech Bits

Sunday Safety Dance

Sunday Legal Briefs

Hardware Reviews

  • ASUS STRIX GeForce GTX 970 4GB Graphics Card on eTeknix.
  • Crucial DDR4-2133 DRx4 RDIMM Memory on TweakTown.
  • Fractal Design Newton R3 1000W Semi-Modular Power Supply on eTeknix.
  • Kingston HyperX Fury 64GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive on Nikk Tech.
  • Logitech G502 PROTEUS CORE on Vortez.
  • Toshiba TransMemory Pro EXII 128GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive on TweakTown.

etc.

Out of the Blue

Got the Halloween decorations all worked out yesterday, which consists of a pumpkin on the porch (no one can say we're not playing along). The candy supply is in place, and so far unmolested no less, so we're pretty set. I'm not sure if the Gunnar-man is dressing up for the holiday this year... though I did just give him a haircut, so I could claim he is dressed as a poodle, which isn't usually the case. Well, that was easy... maybe it's time to reward myself with some candy.

Candied Links: Thanks Ant and Acleacius.
Play: Land of Enki 2.
TypeRacer - Test your typing speed and learn to type faster.
Science: Men With LUTS, Other Prostate Problems May Improve Urination By Sitting Down.
Media: Weatherman vs Dog News Blooper. Thanks nin.
A restored WWII fighter with operational machine guns.
Contaminated Soil Ignites While Being Removed.



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